Language and Culture in Everyday Life: Korean and Korean Americans

   
Language and Culture in Everyday Life: Korean and Korean Americans

Course Number: KOR 498 (PSU), ASIAN 480.005 (U-M), Topics in Korean 574:390 (Rutgers)

Times: Tuesday/Thursday 11:00-12:30

Instructor: Susan Strauss

In this course we will examine the interconnectedness between culture and language and the specific ways that such interconnections influence our perceptions and understandings of the world (from colors and tastes to family relationships and politeness).

The course provides a foundational overview of basic linguistics and pragmatics from the vantage point of the Korean language and culture (with comparisons to other languages and other cultures). The topics that we will explore are: language and culture, family relationships, friendship, interpersonal closeness and distance, politeness, social identity, pop culture and the Korean Wave, media discourse (dramas, advertisements, movies, TV), gender, health and wellness, food, fashion, and taste.

Hosting University: Pennsylvania State University

Participating Universities: University of Michigan, Rutgers University

Academic Calendar: Unless specified by the course instructor, the course will follow the host campus' academic calendar.